Craft Expansion on The Sub

The Sub has continued to expand the torp range. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the supply and variety on Beerwulf’s site has been limited, so if you are thinking about placing an order, keep a close eye on their stock on a daily basis and order when the selection is right for you! Having had beers from Uiltje Brewing Company, based in the Netherlands, my favourite being Monster IIIPA. This was a sensational brew that I had shipped from mainland Europe and is one of the few beers I can still taste on my palate when I shut my eyes, oh wow – flashback! Over the last couple of days I’ve managed to sample 3 different torps from Uiltje Brewing Company.

Mandatory “Uilskuikentje” Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.22 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 4.3%
  • IBU: 25
  • Style: Session IPA
  • Serving: Pint, draught

This torp has been surprisingly “foamy”. When pouring from The Sub it is typical for the first beer to produce a dominant head and the last few millilitres from the torp usually gets poured as foam. Though this was different – it was an overly lively beer on every occasion. However, a few mini pulls on the handle and a pint is finally pulled. It has a deep straw colour, slightly transparent. with a bright prominent foam head, which remains for the whole of sampling. This beer is actually a spring seasonal beer and I’m sampling it just as Scotland enters it’s first few days of “summer”. Summer was in quotation marks given how terrible the weather has been! On the nose, there is a mild orange sent and some grass tones. On sampling, the beer is light, with a biscuit malt base, with slight twists of orange. In addition to this, there is a subtle hint of yeast towards the end used, which thankfully is a mild taste and not overpowering. The beer ends with a thin bitterness.

Diagnosis: 2.0/5, “Uilskuikentje”. So I’ve come to realise that I am not a huge fan of session IPAs. Not only are these beers weaker in ABV, but I find session IPAs generally bland and lack the intensity I have come to appreciate in the grown up double IPAs. With the beer being over carbonated, it took much longer to pour, so if I was wanting to have a glass, I had to start pouring it about 10 mins in advance! In fairness, if I were in a bar and a having a few of these whilst catching up with old friends, then it is easily drinkable. Personally though, when sampling a beer, I am typically looking for something to excite my palate.

Mandatory “Dr Raptor” Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.77 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 9.2%
  • IBU: 75
  • Style: DIPA
  • Serving: 330ml draught

This is also the first DIPA of the sub’s range – so I am incredibly excited

It has a deep, hazy bronze, appearance, with an off-white bubbly foam head that lasts throughout the entire drinking duration. On the nose, I get resinous tones, with hints of tangerine and stonefruit. On sampling, this beer has a full bodied, rich, but gentle mouthfeel and carbonation. It begins with orange and citrus bursts which initially starts as sweet like caramel which then collides (and relieved) by big bold bitterness. Highlighting the bitterness is a deep resinous character which lifts this beer. As the bitterness fades, a lingering boozy sweet caramel lingers long after sampling.

Diagnosis: 4.5/5, “Dr Raptor”. Dr Beer meet your new colleague, Dr Raptor.

Mandatory “Bird of Prey” Facts

  • Untappd Rating: 3.64 (at time of writing)
  • ABV: 5.8%
  • IBU: 50
  • Style: IPA
  • Serving: 330ml, draught

It was another brew day at Dr Beer’s. I’m using the all-in-one device called MiniBrew, which is an automated system with iOS integration. During a brew day I believe it is mandatory to have a beer, so I poured Bird of Prey directly from The Sub. It pours a hazy golden colour, with a medium white foam head that laces the glass as it settles. It has a massive aromatic wave of citrus which iss unsurprising given that this beer is loaded with Citra hops. The trio of hops used in this beer composes of Citra, Mosaic and Chinook – an excellent combination. On sampling, this beer is light and refreshing. As you continue drinking, light fruit, with mainly citrus flavours come though, with an under riding light malt base. Upon this, there is a wonderful hoppyness to this brew which twists into a dry, bitter but cleaning finish.

Diagnosis: 4.0/5, “Bird of Prey”. Light and refreshing, but has the complexity of citrus and a rounding bitterness. A lovely beer, which I could certainly sample all year round.

Does brewing at home sound fun? Then check out my home brewing section.

It’s great to see different breweries on The Sub. With respect to this trio, two hits and a miss from the Uiltje brewery. One thing to remember is that these “craft torps” are a bit more expensive, so bear that in mind before ordering. Interested in being able to pour your own draught beer at home? Then check out my posts for more information on The Sub or The Sub compact.

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